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Jenny and John Lovett, Huelgoat (Brittany)

Posted by: Carole on Saturday February 09, 2013 (01:27:47)
Jenny and John Lovett
France

Who are you?

Let me introduce ourselves, I’m Jenny, I’m 42 and in my previous life I worked in Adult social care and supported housing. I left work full time approximately two years ago to work as a part time freelance Quality Management Consultant (great title, I know and roughly translated it meant that I inspected adult social care accommodation) but mainly to work with John as his labourer come dogsbody, so my family thought I had already had my midlife crisis before setting out on this one.

John is 48 and 4 quarters, he’s still not got his head around being 49 (and he is having more trouble getting used to his upcoming mile stone birthday) and in his previous life he had been a self employed builder for over, well let’s just say a very long time.    more ...


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Carrieanne Le Bras, Banon (Provence)

Posted by: Carole on Sunday September 02, 2012 (01:03:37)
Carrieanne Le Bras
France

A whirlwind of emotions flowed through me the moment I saw the positive sign on my pregnancy test. An American living in France with my French husband, I should have been mentally prepared for this moment. Excitement quickly washed away when it occurred to me that I knew nothing about giving birth and raising a family in France.

After meeting my husband while on vacation, we lived together in the US and Canada before we returned to the land of romance. I dreamed of running through lavender fields, wine tasting at vineyards, and exploring deserted castle ruins. Our adventure began in Marseille. Besides visiting touristic sites, we also explored Provence's countryside. We visited large cities and small villages, and even found castle ruins secluded on top of a hill in Cadenet. One of my favourite memories is when we climbed to the top of a cliff that overlooked Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea, and had a picnic up there of different pastries from the bakery.    more ...


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Catherine Broughton, Bourges and Charente-Maritime

Posted by: Carole on Sunday June 17, 2012 (01:51:46)
Catherine Broughton
France

We faced inordinate difficulties when we moved to France, the worst being the bureaucracy. I set up my own little estate agency because my teaching qualifications just seemed to confuse the local Headmaster and he wasn’t interested. It was too far to drive anywhere else, I had three small children, my husband spoke no French whatsoever, and we needed money fast. At that time the British were still snapping up properties even in the centre of France, where we at that time lived.

The British do not realize how lucky they are. If you wake up tomorrow morning, in Britain, and decide you want to be, say, a hairdresser – hey presto, you can be a hairdresser. You may do the job well, or you may do the job badly, but you can do the job. The French have no such freedom. Being an estate agent without the appropriate qualifications carried a prison sentence – yes, a prison sentence!    more ...


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France

Janine, Pas-de-Calais

Posted by: Carole on Thursday April 19, 2012 (12:09:22)
Janine
France

I’m an ex Londoner and I bought an old farmhouse that needed a lot of work about ten years ago. I moved here full time a couple of years ago when I decided to take a sabbatical from my job as a freelance project manager for financial corporations. Within months I took in a stray cat and then 3 more and then 3 dogs. I act as chief gofer to my husband as we attempt to renovate the house and I grow all my own vegetables and fruit.

Many years ago I and my husband started taking my Dad on French day trips as he liked to shop for wine in Calais and we would have lunch in villages in the Pas-de-Calais area. After a couple of years we started to really like the country side around Calais, particularly the Seven Valleys region – a string of lovely rural villages linked by streams and rivers. Most people drive as quickly through Calais as they can, rushing off to the South of France but this area has an awful lot to offer – we feel we were lucky to discover it.    more ...


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France

Claire Connor, Paris

Posted by: Carole on Tuesday February 14, 2012 (04:17:55)
Claire Connor
France

My name is Claire and I'm originally from Nottingham, England. As part of my university studies, I spent one year living in Paris from 2008-2009, fell in love with the place and decided to come back for more in May 2011. I blog about my Paris experience on misscon.blog.com.

I love the experience of living abroad: where even the tiniest thing can be a challenge and the simplest achievement, such as working out how to send registered mail or sorting out your health insurance, can seem like a real accomplishment. As well as having French friends, I also know a lot of international people and I never get bored of listening to people's stories as to what brought them here. I can't imagine moving home for the next few years: I love the food too much, the city is too pretty and the subtle cultural differences make everyday life much more interesting.    more ...


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France

Laura, Lille

Posted by: Jamie on Tuesday November 29, 2011 (00:16:46)
Laura
France

My name is Laura and I am an American girl currently living in Lille, France. Find out more about my life in France on my blog: The Everyday Life of a Young American Girl in France, and keep up with me day to day on Twitter @LauraLaLilloise.

I spend a lot of my time being baffled by the French (including, but not limited to, their culture, food, and language), despite having a handy dandy interpreter in the form of my very own French boyfriend (otherwise known as FBF).

My junior year of college at the University of California in Santa Barbara, I took the plunge and studied abroad in Paris, France despite having taken only one quarter of French before I left. I fell in love with the language and the delicious cheese. Upon my return to UCSB, I decided to continue learning the French language, and graduated with a minor in French.    more ...


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France

Vicki Riley, Nice

Posted by: Jamie on Monday November 28, 2011 (23:27:04)
Vicki Riley
France

My name is Vicki Riley, I was born in England, grew up in Shakespeare's county of Warwickshire and moved to Nice in 1999 for 6 months. 12 years later, I'm still here and I write a blog about my everyday life in the Cote d'Azur over at www.nicerinnice.blogspot.com

I moved to Nice in 1999 as part of my degree course. I was studying French at the University of Nottingham and came to Nice to work as a teaching assistant for 6 months.

I fell in love with the South of France and extended my year out by another 12 months, during which I worked in a bar in Vieux Nice (not so different to teaching English to 8 year olds really)    more ...


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France

Claire, the Camargue

Posted by: Jamie on Monday November 28, 2011 (23:23:08)
Saintes Marie de la mer
France

I am an English mademoiselle who moved to the South of France with her petit copain start a new enhanced way of life.

I love latin dancing, bloggin, reading, spending time with friends and family, learning French, experiencing new experiences everyday, living close to the beach.

My boyfriend and I met in England in 2008, we danced together and then fell in love and now we are living in the South of France. We moved to France in July 2010 after my boyfriend was transfer by his company in England to be the Director of the France office. Him being French this was to make it a bit easier. Plus his hometown in the South of France.    more ...


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France

Richard Nahem, Paris

Posted by: Jamie on Monday November 28, 2011 (23:17:09)
Richard Nahem
France

My name is Richard Nahem, and I am a private tour guide in Paris and write a popular Paris blog www.eyepreferparis.com.

I lived in New York City all my life till I moved here 6 years ago in 2005. I had always dreamed about living in Paris since I first visited in the late 1970s.

I planned the move very well for about a year, so it actually went quite smoothly. I was also lucky to find an apartment within just a few weeks of moving. The only thing that was difficult was setting up utilities & bank accounts not knowing the language that well but I had friends help me. Also at some of the places they spoke English.    more ...


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France

Stephanie Dagg, Creuse

Posted by: Jamie on Monday November 28, 2011 (23:11:32)
Stephanie Dagg
France

We are the Anglo-Irish Dagg family consisting of myself Stephanie and husband Chris, children Benjamin (now 19), Caitlin (now 17) and Ruadhri (9), and an ever growing menagerie of animals including alpacas, cats, dog, goats, guinea pigs, hens, llamas, rabbits and turkeys.

In August 2006 we left Co. Cork, Ireland, our home for the previous 15 years, and came to Creuse, France. We had always loved France, spending longer and longer on holiday there each year. A redundancy loomed and it was truly the 'now or never' moment for making the leap.    more ...